As a lifelong reader and writer who recently completed an MFA Writing program, I want nothing more than to share my gift with others. Working for Frog Tutoring, I will help my students to not only develop their skills but to find within themselves the joy that can be derived from mastering an essay or fully comprehending a great work of literature. Working as an at-home tutor for 1 on 1 Academic Laptop Tutoring, I worked with a wide diversity of students in the K-12 age range. These ran the gamut from those with learning disabilities and language barriers to driven, college-bound students in challenging AP classes. My biggest breakthrough was working with a first-grader named Gustavo, who could not put together word sounds during our initial sessions. By the last session, he could read entire pages! Working with these students, I experienced a strong personal connection where I found myself teaching them lessons that extended beyond the classroom. It was a two-step process, as I encouraged students to participate in the learning process and I ended up learning many valuable lessons from them as well. During my graduate program I worked as a teaching assistant for a writing composition class. While tutoring students one-on-one, I faced challenges as many of the students felt writing to be boring, confusing and scary. Because these students were enrolled in fine-arts or fashion-design programs, they did not believe that learning how to write a proper essay was relevant to their career paths. Additionally I had many ESL students who had difficulty understanding basic grammar, let alone composing entire essays. Through innovative teaching strategies I showed these students that not only was a mastery of writing within their grasp, but that it could actually be fun! For instance, I had my class break up into small groups and each group was to work together to deliver a speech about their favorite pairs of jeans. Never had I witnessed that class become so bubbly and animated! That experience taught me an important lesson in teaching that has stayed with me to this day: The student has to be able to connect with the material, no matter how far outside his or her realm of daily existence the material may seem. Also, the student needs to be given a chance to actively participate in the lesson in order to feel stimulated and engaged. Fun Facts: I wrote a collection of short stories about magic portals and middle-school for my MFA thesis. When I'm not reading or writing I enjoy dancing, playing tennis and making smoothies!